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RPD: Body found on Magnolia St. — Rochester police are investigating a body found on Magnolia Street Saturday afternoon. A heavy police presence gathered at the scene, at 294 Magnolia St., after they received the report around noon, according to Lt. Laura Grande. Police have not identified the victim and the investigation is ongoing. Check back for details.

Martha Brown students get a history lesson — It's rare to see a gymnasium full of hundreds of middle schoolers silently waiting to hear a tidbit of local history. But that's what happened at Martha Brown Middle School in Perinton during Friday's 50 th anniversary celebration - kids couldn't wait to open a 1965 time capsule and hear about the school's good old days from former teachers and students.

Eastside YMCA addition to open late March — In less than two months, the construction zone on the west end of the Eastside Family YMCA will have a whole new feel. The 34,000-square-foot addition to the Penfield facility has changed the look of the already bustling complex. Open daily, the site is the largest - and busiest - YMCA in Monroe County.

Friday's area boys hoops results — Jeff Redband finished with a school-record 51 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to power Batavia to a 71-49 win over Irondequoit in Monroe County boys basketball on Friday. Redband, a 6-foot-7 senior forward, eclipsed the previous record of 45 set by Thomas Hoitink in February of 1965.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @RocDevo: Jeff Redband scores school record 51 points to lead Batavia over Irondequoit 71-49.Recap of boys hoops results @DandC

Bundle up: Temps dropping as winter storm approaches — If you're planning to be outdoors this weekend, be sure to dress warmly. The National Weather Service in Buffalo says that a winter storm approaching from the south will bring bitterly cold temperatures over the weekend along with several inches of snow.

Wage board: Raise tipped workers wage to $7.50 an hour — A state board today recommended that the hourly wage paid to restaurant servers and other tipped workers should be increased from $5 an hour to $7.50 an hour by the end of the year. The recommendation will now go to the state labor commissioner for final approval.

Andreatta: They never stopped caring for Tammy Jo — It was only 17 degrees that day in January 1980 when the casket of a teenage girl who the Livingston County sheriff said had been "tossed by the side of the road like a turkey" was wheeled into storage at a Dansville cemetery to wait out the winter.
Jan 31, 2015

The tombstone said "Lest we forget." Though slain girl was a stranger, 2 women never did #ROC @DandC

Jan 30, 2015

The tombstone said "Lest we forget." Though slain girl was a stranger, Livonia woman never did #ROC @DandC

Jan 30, 2015

Two women never stopped caring about a slain teen who remained unidentified for 35 years via @DandC @LaurenPetracca

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Philip Seymour Hoffman inspires theater prize — A new theater prize inspired by Fairport native Philip Seymour Hoffman has been launched, seeking play submissions that "exhibit fearlessness." The Relentless Award, the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play, comes with an annual award of $45,000 and the promise of influential workshops.

Bryant: Urban-Suburban doesn't change the game — Anyone who has followed Spencerport's debate over the Urban-Suburban program won't be surprised that Van White's Opportunity Districts remain strictly theoretical. A couple of years ago, the Rochester school board president proposed that suburban districts welcome a few kindergartners and first-graders from Rochester's poorest ZIP codes.

Wings skipper Quade will be fishing for wins — Mike Quade's first visit to Rochester since being named Red Wings manager began with a slightly delayed landing on Friday afternoon. Turbulence apparently forced the pilot to circle a time or two before easing the plane onto the runway at Greater Rochester International Airport.

Sister of 'Cali' hoped she had fled turbulent home — Like the police investigators now trying to solve the killing of Tammy Jo Alexander, Pamela Dyson has a question: How did her 16-year-old sister get from her home an hour north of Tampa, Fla., to western New York in 1979? "We have no family there," said Dyson, 53.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @meagmc: Great work by colleagues @gcraig and @tyee23 Tammy Jo Alexander's sister hoped 'Cali' had escaped a toxic life

Jan 31, 2015

Great work by colleagues @gcraig and @tyee23 Tammy Jo Alexander's sister hoped 'Cali' had escaped a toxic life

Jan 30, 2015

Sister of 'Cali' hoped she had fled turbulent home.

Speaker vote could come as soon as Tuesday — A vote for Assembly speaker could come as soon as Tuesday as Assemblyman Carl Heastie appears poised to take over the chamber's top post, according to Democratic lawmakers and their aides. The Assembly's original plan was to vote for a replacement to Speaker Sheldon Silver on Feb. 10.

Do It! Get hooked on ice fishing — Darren Dalton has been fishing for decades - at times professionally. He's traveled the country as a bass fisherman, he said, but little is more rewarding than spending time with his loved ones on an iced-over watering hole. The 51-year-old Fairport man said he loves spending the day with his sons and friends, doing what they all enjoy together.

Knighthawks’ floorplan: Score more — Matchup: Rochester Knighthawks (1-2) vs. Buffalo Bandits (2-2) in the National Lacrosse League. Where: Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial. When: 7:35 p.m. Tickets: $30 and $35. Listen: 105.5-FM The Team. Watch: ($7). Website: SCOUTING THE KNIGHTHAWKS After dropping their first two games, the Knighthawks put together a solid defensive effort in defeating Toronto 8-6 last week.
Jan 31, 2015

#Knighthawks fans, here's my look at tonight's game against Buffalo. My advice: Start scoring. via @DandC

Pepsi Super Bowl contest winners get VIP treatment — Rochester's lucky group of Pepsi grand-prize winners touched down in sunny Arizona for their whirlwind Super Bowl experience Thursday night. Jessica Eveland, 20, who had never been on an airplane - let alone to the West Coast - was pleasantly surprised by the weather. "I got off the plane in leggings and a flannel," she said.
Jan 30, 2015

The Super Bowl is on my bucket list: Pepsi Super Bowl contest winners get VIP treatment via @DandC #ROC

Zombie transformation by make-up artist for 'The Walking Dead'

Rochester marina project expected to move forward — Efforts to build a marina at the Port of Rochester are expected to resume after three companies submitted bids to take on the rest of the project. Plans for the 85-slip marina stalled late last year when the city and the original contractor, The Pike Co., agreed to close out Pike's contract before the excavation of the basin was finished.
Jan 31, 2015

Rochester marina project expected to move forward - but city yet to respond to November FOIL ... via @DandC

Jan 30, 2015

RT @rilzd: City gets 3 bids to resume Rochester marina work - project expected to move forward. #ROC

Vargas: Schools alone can’t solve youth violence — Every extra dollar the City School District has to spend keeping students from passing through the Transit Center during bus trips to and from school means fewer resources to provide teachers, books and other essentials for kids, said Superintendent Bolgen Vargas.

Breaking: Morelle drops out, backs Heastie — Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, Monroe County, is dropping out of the race for speaker and is endorsing Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie. "Over the past several days Assemblyman Heastie and I have discussed at length how to advance the best interests of the citizens of our state by making the New York Assembly more inclusive and member-driven," Morelle said in a statement obtained by Gannett's Albany Bureau.